Aberdeen is known as the Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula and almost as soon as you enter Grays Harbor, you have easy access to some of the best hiking territory in the nation. These hikes are listed on a scale from easy to difficult, so no matter what skill level you are, there is a hike for you listed! Lace up those boots and let’s get started.
Lake Sylvia Lake Trail
At 1.5 miles and tucked away in the Lake Sylvia State Park, you have access to everything you need to hike with kiddos. There are bathrooms, a playset, and a swimming area. The trail begins to the right of the bridge as you enter the park and wraps around the east side of the lake. The first half is made up of gravel with absolutely no elevation gain. The second half takes you through the hills and past the Lake Sylvia Campground. It only takes about 45 minutes and is suitable for very young children. If you are looking for a longer, more complicated hike, this trail is also the access point for several popular running and biking trails.
Lover’s Lane Loop (Quinault)
The Quinault Rainforest is a treasure trove of hiking and biking trails. At six miles round trip, this trek will take up a solid afternoon and leave you feeling satisfied with your accomplishment. Check out the Sol Duc hiking guide to see other connected pathways and potential variations for your hike.
Wynoochee Dam Lake Shore Trail
This 16 mile loop trail takes you around Wynoochee Lake. Though there are a lot of hills, the trek stays pretty low key. You aren’t climbing mountains, but 16 miles will take a full day. Or better yet, break it up into two days and spend the night camping trail side. View the map and plan ahead – the nearest town is a solid 45 minute drive.
This beastly 28 mile round trip hike has a small but steady elevation gain through one of the most beautiful valleys the Olympic Peninsula has to offer. At the end of the trail sits the century old chalet, framed on three sides by mountains. There are waterfalls every few miles and plenty of opportunity to marvel at the wildlife. Check out the Exotic Hikes website for more detailed information about this hike and suggestions for the best hikes of the Pacific Northwest